Song Lyric Sunday – Days of the Week

I’m hoping to see a wide variety of songs for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, hosted by Jim Adams. He had prompted us with ‘Days of the Week”. Some obvious ones jump straight into your head although we try to avoid them so we don’t all end up sharing the same song!

My first choice this week was “Another Saturday Night”. I was tempted to go with the Cat Stevens version but once I listened again to Sam Cooke’s smooth voice it was no contest.

I also went with a second song that I came across by Simon & Garfunkel. “Wednesday Morning 3 AM” from the album of the same name. I had not heard it before but it was too pretty not to share.

Cooke wrote this when he was touring England in 1962 with Little Richard. Along with many soulful ballads, he wrote a lot of lighter songs like this one (“Good News,” “Having A Party,” “Twistin’ The Night Away”), but did record a heavy political song shortly before his death in 1964: “A Change Is Gonna Come.”
 
Cat Stevens recorded this in 1974 – his version hit US #6. Except for “Morning Has Broken,” it’s the only Stevens release he did not write himself.
 
The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll brings us this Sam Cooke moment: Cooke began as a gospel singer in church and replaced the Soul Stirrers’ R.H. Harris in 1951. For his first solo onstage, the crowd was skeptical of his ability to fill Harris’ absence, but Cooke eyes closed and arms outstretched, sang without the rasping delivery or broken vowels of older stylists, avoiding the tentative offering of Harris’ Roman tenor. Yet his voice, burrowing and soaring through plaintive dirges, exuding a gentle world-weariness, moved the congregation to a standing ovation.”

The album’s title, Ain’t That Good News, is an allusion to his previous gospel choir roots, as the Biblical gospel is often referred to as “good news” in witnessing and ministering.

This was the first song Cooke released after the tragic drowning death of his son Vincent, who was 18 months old. in the interim, he’d fled town for out-of-town gigs, as many as he could get.
 
Courtesy of Songfacts
Lyrics

Another Saturday night
And I ain't got nobody
I got some money 'cause I just got paid
Now, how I wish I had someone to talk to
I'm in an awful way
Let me tell you 'bout it, lookie here

I got in town a month ago
I seen a lotta girls since then
If I could meet 'em I could get 'em
But as yet I haven't met 'em
That's why I'm in the shape I'm in

Here, another Saturday night
And I ain't got nobody
I got some money 'cause I just got paid
Now, how I wish I had someone to talk to
I'm in an awful way

Now, another fella told me
He had a sister who looked just fine
Instead of being my deliverance
She had a strange resemblance
To a cat named Frankenstein

Here, another Saturday night
And I ain't got nobody
I got some money 'cause I just got paid
Now, how I wish I had some chick to talk to
I'm in an awful way, yeah

Man, another Saturday night, ain't got nobody
If I'd've been back home now, I'd've been swinging
Two chicks on my arm
Lord, sad weekend
Let me tell you now, huh

It's hard on a fella
When he don't know his way around
If I don't find me a honey
To help me spend my money
I'm gonna have to blow this town

Here, another Saturday night
And I ain't got nobody
I got some money 'cause I just got paid
Now, how I wish I had someone to talk to
I'm in an awful

Here it is, another Saturday night
And I ain't got nobody
I got some money 'cause I just got paid
Now, how I wish I had some chick to talk to
I'm in an awful

One more time, another Saturday night
And I ain't got nobody
I got some money 'cause I just got paid
Now I wish I had some chick to talk to
I'm in an awful

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Sam Cooke
Another Saturday Night lyrics © Abkco Music, Inc

Wednesday Morning, 3 AM arrived as Simon and Garfunkel were still finding their inner voice, if not their actual ones.

Their debut album, released on Oct. 19, 1964, is perhaps best known for including the original, acoustic version of “The Sound of Silence” – and then for nearly ending what turned out to be a hall-of-fame partnership.

Completed in early 1964, the pretty, if largely unsubstantial Wednesday Morning, 3 AM, found Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel sticking close to an acoustic-focused sound that, by the time the album was issued in 1964, had been rendered utterly passe by the arrival of the Beatles. Columbia Records, completely misunderstanding the rising zeitgeist, actually subtitled the project “Exciting New Sounds in the Folk Tradition.” Not exactly. So thunderous was their opening flop that Simon and Garfunkel effectively split up. It would be another year before the album’s enterprising producer, Tom Wilson, decided – in a stroke of career-saving genius – to add electric guitars and drums to the existing version of “The Sound of Silence,” hurtling Simon and Garfunkel up the charts during an era in which artists like Bob Dylan reshaped rock ‘n’ roll after also abandoning folk music.

Dylan’s acoustic songs, in fact, had a noticeable influence on Wednesday Morning, 3 AM. Simon and Garfunkel offered a tame version of “Times They Are a-Changing,” and also included “Peggy-O,” which Dylan regularly covered during his early days. Moreover, Simon’s “He Was My Brother” owes no small debt to the his influence. But Dylan had moved on, and Simon and Garfunkel needed to as well. Instead, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM veered into too-precious reductions of Everly Brothers-style harmonizing, without the fully formed literary weight that marked their later successes. And their choice of source material didn’t help. An album-opening take on the gospel-folk song “You Can Tell the World” is more energetic than it is emotionally resonant. “Go Tell It on the Mountain” was just as ubiquitous at this point, at the tail-end of the folk-revival era, as it was uninteresting.

Courtesy of Ultimate Classic Rock

  18 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – Days of the Week

  1. November 8, 2020 at 1:30 am

    Two great choices. I almost was going with the Sam Cooke song and even thought about the Simon & Garfunkel song, but I ended up going with the Moody Blues.

    • November 8, 2020 at 3:35 am

      Great choices both, your right Sam Cooke’s voice is superb!

      • Christine Bolton
        November 8, 2020 at 8:26 am

        Thanks Willow!

    • Christine Bolton
      November 8, 2020 at 8:26 am

      Hey I listened to that Moody Blues song. It was good!

      • November 8, 2020 at 11:21 pm

        It is a great song, isn’t it?

  2. November 8, 2020 at 7:26 am

    Great music Christine. I found the S&G song to be very peaceful.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 8, 2020 at 8:25 am

      Thanks Jim. It was lovely! I hadn’t heard it before.

  3. November 8, 2020 at 8:21 am

    I love listening to Sam Cooke’s voice.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 8, 2020 at 8:29 am

      Yes, it’s wonderful ☺️

  4. November 8, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    A nice twofer for today. Soothing all around. Thanks for sharing

    • Christine Bolton
      November 8, 2020 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks so much Jilly ☺️

  5. November 8, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Great songs! LOve S&G. 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      November 8, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂💕

  6. November 8, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Great choice on both the song and Sam Cooke. Was not familiar with the S&G song about Wednesday but gave it a listen.

  7. November 9, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Great song choices this week, Christine! Sam Cooke…what can you say? I do wish Simon & Garfunkel would get over their feud and get back together before it’s too late to reconcile. 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      November 9, 2020 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks Lisa! There was never any love lost there. Paul Simon was the amazing, creative writing and singing talent and Garfunkel just had the voice. Pretty while it lasted but the Bridge over Troubled Water was already burned! LOL ☺️ I just cracked myself up! 🤣

      • November 10, 2020 at 10:56 pm

        That’s a good one! You cracked me up too! 😂

  8. November 10, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    Really great choices!

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